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Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

ratings:
4/5 (19 ratings)
Length:
343 pages
7 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Jul 31, 2014
ISBN:
9780985115616
Format:
Book

Description

Winner of 7 literary awards, including the Beverly Hills Book Award winner, ForeWord Reviews Book Of The Year Award bronze winner, Feathered Quill Book Award silver winner, USA Best Book Awards finalist, International Book Awards finalist, National Indie Excellence Book Awards finalist, and ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition finalist.

Noah Hartman has it all, or so it seems. Groomed since childhood to inherit his family's fortune and business empire, the effect of living the life set down for him by controlling parents has left Noah out of touch with his inner self. Enter Robin, who -- in direct contrast to Noah -- is a vivacious, free spirit with no material possessions to speak of. Robin's love saves Noah by inspiring him to stand up to his parents and reclaim his true identity at all costs. But Robin harbors a secret that could devastate their lives forever. Is it enough for two soul mates to find each other, or are the forces that would tear them apart too great to overcome?

Many years later, Noah lies in a hospital bed recounting his life of love and loss, only to discover a far greater truth about the past, present, and future. And the one certainty that remains unchanged in Noah's heart -- true love never dies.

Looking for the next great love story? Look no further: read SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love!

Publisher:
Released:
Jul 31, 2014
ISBN:
9780985115616
Format:
Book

About the author

Sebastian Cole never intended on being a writer. He graduated from Brown University in the 80s, then worked briefly in New York before returning to Rhode Island to work in his family’s business. Nineteen years later, he took a leap of faith and left the company to pursue his dreams, which has led him to where he is now: a novelist of romantic fiction. Cole writes from the heart, believing in true love, love at first sight, and finding that one person in life you’re meant to be with. Sebastian Cole’s debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, was emotionally inspired by his own personal life experiences. Sand Dollar has won numerous awards, including being a winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award, a bronze winner of ForeWord Reviews Book Of The Year Award, a silver winner of the Feathered Quill Book Award, a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards, a finalist in the International Book Awards, a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards, and a finalist in ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition for first-time authors. The book has received rave reviews, many of which compare Cole to his favorite author, Nicholas Sparks, whom Cole cites as his inspiration for becoming an author. Whether or not he ever achieves that kind of success, touching the lives of others through his writing has been the single most gratifying thing he has ever done.


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  • (3/5)
    I really wanted to like this book. I received it as an Early Review book from Good Reads. The presentation was lovely, but the story itself, needed more development. I did not feel a connection to the characters. Although Robin suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD),there was not a good description of how that affected either Robin or Noah, beyond her inability to stay with him. There was not enough of a description as to why Noah was so attracted to her. The courtship was short, as was the marriage. She maintained a relationship with Frank for several years after leaving Noah, as well as appearing to be a loving mother to her children,so why did the BPD not affect those relationships? The possible abuse Robin had experienced and the danger she faced as a child were not adequately explained. She and her mother fled a gunman (a jealous man who had raped her mother). Her mother refused to fully disclose what had happened to Robin as a teenager, leaving the reader to wonder what was the traumatic experience that lead Robin to have BPD.Noah seemed to be a bit naive in his relationship with Robin, his parents and coworkers. He did not seem to have developed much as a man and was well into middle age before he tried to establish himself independently. The writing a screen play in an effort to win Robin back seemed a bit contrived. It seemed as though he did not love Robin, but that he was obsessed with her. When he was dying, why was Sarah, whom he had left at the altar in order to be with Robin, there? Why would she be with a dying man who left her for another so many years before? That relationship was also unexplored in the book.The author had a nice idea for a story. He needed to flesh it out a bit and add more details. I liked the idea that the romantic interest was a bit overweight in the beginning of the story. It was nice to think a love interest could be someone who was not the ideal size or shape, however, she was that size only in that instant. In the story, when she was young and when she and Noah were reunited, she was not overweight.I am sorry write so harsh a review, but I am trying to be honest. The premise had a lot of potential. I wish it had succeeded.
  • (5/5)
    Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love makes for a fantastic summer read- that won't let you down. I loved this book- This one pulls at your heart strings and if this book does not pull at yours~ you should have been searching for a new heart~ instead of a new book to read. Sebastian Cole not only has one or two twists and turns waiting for you towards the end*** but many. The writing is superb~ and also makes you think. Sand Dollar is my second favorite read for 2012. I'm glad I was able to read & enjoy this story~ as I'm sure you will also. I look forward to reading more from this author. The cover is beautiful~*~ I highly recommend adding Sand Dollar to your bookshelf. Reesa***
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this story. it shows how many twists and turns life can take when you are in love with someone. I would definitely read another book by this author!
  • (2/5)
    Noah Hartman’s first wife abandons him, only to return 13 years later at the church when he is getting married to Sarah, the woman carrying his child. The story jumps ahead to eighty year old Noah in the hospital. As Noah tells hospital orderly the rest of the story, he jumps back and forth in time with little warning or transitional paragraphs.It is hard to follow the storyline and keep track of all the characters.
  • (4/5)
    **Note that this book was given to me by the author; it does not influence my review. :)

    This was such an unusual book from what I have been reading lately, but I was glad I got the chance to read it. It was a very emotional read for me, I spent time yelling at the characters, and then crying with them at the end.

    It is a story about the love and life of Noah and Robin, two lovers who through their relationship are tossed apart. We see an old man, Noah, in the hospital, spending his time talking to an orderly, Josh about his love and his one true soul mate. We follow his memories, both high and low, as he describes his journey to finding, losing, and eventually regaining his true love.

    This is a lovely book about one man’s emotional growth into being the man he should always have been, and about learning that love is always there and if you give it enough room, it will return to you.

    I am very glad that I read the book. Keep in mind you might begin by cursing the characters, but by the end you will need your hankies!

    A great read.
  • (5/5)
    When you go to Sebastian Cole’s website, you see this quote, “Looking for the next great love story? Well, you’ve found it!” This is definitely true. There are very few books which will touch the very depths of your soul. This is truly one of those books. Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is a novel of love, loss, second chances, and redemption. It will make you angry. It will make you cry.Sand Dollar is the story of Noah Hartman told by Noah, himself, from his hospital bed. Get your tissues ready now, because you are definitely going to need them.The premise of this book is finding your true soul mate and then losing them for some unknown reason. Could you ever really be happy with someone else? What a great journey to go on and find out.As much as I LOVED this book, there were definitely times when I disliked both Noah and Robin.At almost fifty years of age, Noah is still a child. He’s torn been “living his own life” and living the life his controlling parents want him to live. I think that he should have cut the purse strings a LONG time ago.Robin on the other hand appears to be all about life. Living it for all it’s worth. However Robin has a secret, one that even she doesn’t know that she has. Robin is far from perfect. Perhaps that’s what makes this love story so great. Neither Noah nor Robin is perfect. But hey, none of us are.This is one of those stories I’m going to cherish forever.